The leading lady aboard the starship U.S.S. Enterprise during the original run of the “Star Trek” series suffered a stroke in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Nichelle Nichols, the actress best known for her part as Chief Communications Officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, was hospitalized shortly after.
In a Facebook status update Friday, Zach McGinnis, Nichols' representative, wrote that the actress was already recovering, assuring fans she suffered a mild stroke. Her rep said Nichols was “alert and cheerful” as doctors ran tests. McGinnis encouraged fans to continue writing to the actress’ page because she had heard about the outpouring of support. “Keep them coming because Nichelle is reading them,” he said.
Nichols was scheduled to appear at Eternal Con in New York on June 13-14.
Following Nichols' hospitilization, fans and friends have taken to Twitter to wish the actress well, including her “Star Trek” co-star on the U.S.S. Enterprise, George Takei.
Good friend #NichelleNichols was hospitalized late Wed night. We are sending her all our good thoughts and well wishes.
â€” George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 5, 2015
Sad to hear about Nichelle Nichols suffering a stroke. Hailing frequencies way open right now for a healthy recovery. pic.twitter.com/AiJS8JJuI6
â€” Enterprise Extra (@EnterpriseExtra) June 4, 2015
Please everyone take a moment to say a prayer for my dear friend Nichelle Nichols. She is such an inspiration to... http://t.co/qsMg0CGZYO
â€” Karan Ashley (@karanashley) June 4, 2015
Nichelle Nichols in hospital.Stroke likely suspect.Get well soon,Nichelle.A classy lady,Great actress,Beautiful woman pic.twitter.com/gEru7clDz7
â€” Scred (@doctorrooroo) June 4, 2015
Dear G-d, we lost Leonard Nimoy this year. Please don't make us have to endure the loss of Nichelle Nichols too. We aren't ready.
â€” Amadi (@amaditalks) June 4, 2015
â€” Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) June 4, 2015